Has New York City lost its magic? That's the lead in to today's episode which finds Isaac returned from a trip to Gotham and very displeased with its current state. Both former residents of New York, Isaac and Charles discuss the ways it has changed, from the alleged SJW-ification of the subway to the loss of storefronts to the tech industry slowly gobbling up Manhattan. Then it's a study on public transportation and the question of whether poor people claim property via sound, why Where the Wild Things Are is a terrible film, and delightful stories of crazy people on the subway. Music: www.bensound.net
Charles had an embarrassingly bad radio show during his freshman year of college, and this episode features cringey audio clips of it which are picked over by Isaac and comedian Erik Escobar. Listen as 18 year old Charles tries hard to be edgy, gives "shoutouts," and relentlessly steamrolls over his cohost. In true NAHF fashion, this leads to discussions about Elliot Rodger as well as how people present themselves as characters. Email us with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part 2 of Isaac and Charles's conversation with not-right wing intellectual Anthony Arroyo. This week, the rising popularity of Jordan Peterson is examined, as well as his very shrill voice. What about Peterson's message is resonating, and why? Things move on to "90s fedora atheist" Sam Harris, whether morality exists separate from God, why incest is wrong, and rising incidents of campus protests and violence.
It's Part 1 of a special two part discussion with Anthony Arroyo on the nature of the modern right wing in America. Anthony doesn't consider himself a right wing intellectual but is interested in right wing ideas. What does "right wing" mean in 2017, and what it does it not mean? Isaac, Charles, and Anthony get deep into frogtwitter, Urbit, technoskepticism, Marx's bete noire Max Stirner and more! Everyone thinks the left would be healthier if it spent more time engaging in arguments instead of moralizing. Music: www.bensound.com
This episode is all over the place! Isaac and Charles begin with a discussion about a recent Sam Harris podcast on the ways apps vie for our attention. Sam Harris might have an ASMR voice and Isaac learns about creepy ASMR videos and then complains about annoying Ira Glass-style voices on podcasts like S-Town and Missing Richard Simmons. Charles objects to Isaac's assertion that the government owning less land will ease the housing crisis and Isaac displays his distaste for national parks. A little something for everyone!
Donald Trump's first 100 days have just completed, and Isaac and Charles look back on an old episode from March 2016 where they made a number of predictions about what a Trump presidency would look like. Both are right and wrong about a host of issues, but one thing is for sure: very few people were taking a Trump presidency seriously in those days. Note: this episode was recorded before the most recent Trumpcare bill passed the House. Also discussed: LA hotels that trick tourists, the films of Paul Haggis and Charlie Kaufman, and more!
Ad executive Chris Callahan joins Isaac and Charles for a discussion on advertising. Chris predicts the era of feel-good branding is almost over, and Isaac wonders why so many advertisers seem hell-bent on promoting a liberal agenda when half of their customers might get turned off by such sentiments. The Pepsi ad is naturally dissected, and Chris provides data about who actually buys Pepsi and why Pepsi might have made the ad in the first place. Charles and Isaac yell at each other. Also under the microscope is the 84 Lumber Super Bowl ad, and everyone offers some inappropriate suggestions for how it should have ended. Also discussed: Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer shilling beer, the Heineken and Danish TV ads promoting unity. Music: www.bensound.com
Today's episode is all about Boy Scouts and whether girls should be allowed to join the organization. Charles is a former Boy Scout who attained the rank of Eagle! Leslee is a Girl Scout dropout! Isaac thinks Boy Scouts is creepy! Everyone thinks Girl Scouts is lame, and wonders why that's the case. Is it better for boys to have boys-only spaces, or would adding girls to the mix actually be beneficial for the development of both? And what about transgender boys? This episode will probably offend everyone.
Should people in relationships avoid self-love? Isaac's neighbor Jerrod Brewster comes on the show to talk about this very taboo topic! Everyone shares stories about their first time, from Isaac's Jewish summer camp experiences to Charles's self-love via a Stephen King book. All of these revelations plus a discussion on whether porn is bad for all relationships and if cheating is always wrong! Keep your hands to yourselves! Music: www.bensound.com
Leslee Scallon is the cofounder of Dances With Films (www.danceswithfilms.com), an independent film festival in Hollywood and the guest for this week's episode. Leslee gives Isaac and Charles a review of their La La Land episode and provides her own thoughts on this strangely controversial movie. Leslee talks about the origin of Dances With Films and gives some advice for anyone thinking about a making a movie. Charles and Isaac wonder if film festivals have a future and whether too many people are able to make content. Music: www.bensound.com